Discovering Your Genius

In the book “The Success System That Never Fails”, author W. Clement Stone states that the start of all personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual. Your personal achievement starts in your own mind. The first step is to know exactly what your problem, goal or desire is. Most people don’t get what they want because they don’t know exactly what they want. If you are not clear about what you want, then write it down and then rewrite it again until the words express precisely what you are after.

All success hinges on the 3 things listed below. Once you truly understand what they mean, you’re on your way to a golden future.

1. Inspiration to Action

The road to success starts when you are inspired to make the effort. Inspiration starts when you are motivated to dissatisfaction with things the way they are. Therefore, inspirational dissatisfaction is the strongest single force in your success system that never fails. Inspiration to action can also be described as having a burning desire. Desire is the beginning of all human achievement.

2. Know-how

Know-how is the quality that enables you to do something at will, with skill, effectiveness and a minimum use of time and effort. Know-how always accomplishes what it sets out to accomplish. Know-how gets things done while people are wondering if they can be done. Know-how built the pyramids of Egypt and the great cathedrals of Europe, it flew the Atlantic and split the atom, it harnessed electricity and put a man on the moon. And it can bring success to you. How do you get it? You don’t get it, you accumulate it, by doing … by experience…by action…it comes to you. When you have it, you will know it and you’ll know its power.

3. Activity Knowledge

Knowledge is knowing about something, know-how is knowing how to do something. Knowledge is information, know-how is technique. You need both. Knowledge is gained anywhere and everywhere. It can be acquired from books, people, things, happenings, history and casual observation. But to be useful it must be organized. You must know what you know. So how does one acquire activity knowledge? By doing what you are afraid to do. When you run away because you are afraid of doing something big, you pass opportunity by. Two self motivators to help you acquire knowledge are: Ask advice from the person who can help you, and It’s never too late to learn, so don’t stop learning.

There are those who have knowledge and know-how, but they don’t succeed. For although they know what to do and how to do it, they don’t feel like doing it, they lack motivation. They are not inspired to action. Therefore inspiration to action is the most is the most important ingredient to success in any human activity .The person who is inspired and motivated can overcome all obstacles.

Motivation is that which induces action or determines choice. It is that which provides a motive. A motive is the “inner urge” within an individual which incites him/her to action, such as an idea, emotion, desire or impulse. It is the hope or other force which starts in an attempt to produce specific results. When strong emotions such as love, faith, anger and hate are mixed they generate an intense driving force that will last through out a lifetime.

So how do you become motivated and inspired to action? How does one develop ambition when you’re not ambitious? How does one develop initiative when you don’t have any? The answer lies in discovering your genius.

Discovering your genius

Every person has a unique genius. You have unique talents, abilities, interests, and values that only you can bring into greatness. You have a destiny that only you can fulfill. Expressing your genius is knowing what you want to do with your life and doing it because it expresses who you really are.

Here are the 4 characteristics of people who have discovered their genius:

Passion: They love what they do. If they weren't getting paid they would do it for free

Talent: They are good at what they do. Call it talent, ability or genius - they've got it.

Values: Doing what they do is extremely important to them.

Destiny: They have a sense that they are doing what they were born to do - making their own unique contribution. It's almost a spiritual thing. It's their destiny.

Create your GENIUS LIST. Once you have created your list you should have a good idea of what you want and be well on your way to success.


What do you love to do?

What activities give me satisfaction?

What excites me about life?

What is my secret ambition?

What are my hobbies?


What am I good at?

What do I get complemented on?

Where have I excelled in the past?

Where have I been successful?

What are some of my strengths?


What is important to me?

What would I do if I were wealthy?

What do I stand for?

What won't I stand for?

What would I risk my life for?


What was I born to do?

What is my unique mission in life?

What does God want me to do?

What are my unique opportunities?

Where can I make a difference?

Who is my soul mate and why?

There is an old Hindu legend stating that when the gods were making the world they said: “Where can we hide the most valuable of treasures, so that they will not be lost? How can we hide the most valuable of treasures, so that they will not be lost? How can we hide them so that the lust and greed of men will not steal or destroy them? What can we do to be assured that these riches will be carried on from generation to generation for the benefit of all mankind?”

So in their wisdom they selected a hiding place that was so obvious it wouldn’t be seen. And there they placed the true riches of life, endowed with the magic power or perpetual self replenishment. In this hiding place these treasures can be found by every living person in every land who follows The Success System That Never Fails. Do you know where the hiding place is…?